Sporting Directors Report

Sporting Directors Report

April 2021

Team Hunter members Steve Jones & Matt Blanch recently competed in the “HSRCA Autumn Historics” run at Wakefield Park.

Saturday saw wet conditions & a slippery track with not much traction anywhere & on Sunday conditions only got worse with water running across the track in several places.

Matt was up in the top 5 all weekend in the whole Group S Group & finished up first in the Group Sbb division. Well done Matt great driving in extremely difficult conditions.

Steve Jones was running in Group S also & drove well to stay out of trouble & was pleased to see the oil stay in the engine & the car was running great . Just a shame he couldn’t use the extra horsepower he now has due to the wet conditions. Thanks to Steve for his report on the event in this magazine.

Great to see an article on the “HSRCA Spring Festival” in the January 2021 issue of the British magazine “MG Enthusiast”. Good article with great pics. Nice pic of Matt Blanch who was the fastest MGB for that meeting.

I think the Poms are impressed with the way that the Meyer brothers in their MG Midgets , Matt in his B , & the other Aussie MGs successfully compete with the bigger horsepower cars in the Group S category.

Austin Blanch & I have entered in the All Historic Track Day to be run at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria on April 7 . This event will be run on a GEAR day format & it is hoped that this event may lead to the formation of a Victorian GEAR club which would be great to see. I understand there are 15 cars from NSW making the trip to Vic & several of those will be from Newcastle area. I am looking forward to the opportunity to have a run on another track. I believe Steve & Matt have driven there but Austin & I haven’t so the experience should be great.

Winton Motor Raceway is situated near Benalla in Victoria. Winton National Circuit is 3km long with 12 turns, The Club Circuit is 2.03 km long with 11 turns. Hopefully we will get to run on the longer circuit for the event. Winton host’s “Supercars” & “Australian Superbike” championship rounds.

Thanks to Matt Blanch for a great article on his race MGB in the last mag, this gives you an idea of how much development has gone into this car over many years to be what I believe is one of quickest 4 cyl “Group S” “MGB’s” in Australia. “Group S” cars modifications are pretty much restricted to those that would have been available at the time the cars were manufactured & I think our “Aussie Group S MGB’s” are probably quicker than the original factory works cars of their time.

Coming Events
Wed April 7 Winton Historic Track Day. GEAR format
Wed April 14 GEAR Wakefield Park
Sat April 24 MGCCN Hillclimb Ringwood Park course A4
Sun May 30 MGCCN Hillclimb Ringwood Park course A2A

Remember drive them don’t hide them. Enjoy your MG, I know I do.

Cheers, Gary.